Speech Class Proposal

Do you panic at the thought of public speaking? Then we have a proposition for you!

How about a once or twice a week student speech class of short 2-3 minute speeches and brief lectures by “Mr. Ed” (the horse, of course) in the Community Building at your preferred day and time?

It is guaranteed that you will learn to communicate better. Remember, Mr. Ed likes to have fun, and we hope you do, too!

Mr. Ed Nelson has a Life License in Speech and English, and has taught speech for over 20 years. He developed a speech-debate program in a small high school in 4 years, which ranked in the top 5 of 56 participating high schools in Indiana, so he knows how to do it, and will show you how, too!

If you are interested, please contact the library with preferred days and times that work for you. Any questions can be directly to Mr. Ed at 765-366-5032.

Fall Classes

We have some great classes lined up this fall, to make something for yourself, or a potential gift!  Registration is required for these classes. Please contact or visit the library to register. Please note that some classes are pre-pay. Click here for the Fall Class Registration form.



Chair Caning: Have a caned chair that needs some loving care? Join us as we learn the skills to fix or update a chair you own. Your chair needs to have holes to weave into,  not a groove for pressing in pre-woven cane.You must register by October 21st so that there are enough supplies. The class is limited to 8 people.

WHEN: October 25th, November 1st, 8th, and 15th, 6:30PM-8:30PM.
WHERE:  Valley Falls Community Center
COST:  $20 payable at the first class
INSTRUCTOR:  Janet Weber








Cut and Pierce Lampshades:  The kit includes the incomplete shade, pattern, lampshade frames, candlestick lamp, piercer, exacto knife, 8″x10″ glass, and glue.  This is a beginner class, learning how to cut, pierce and attach a shade to the rings.  Participants will leave with a completed lamp after the second class. The class is limited to 10 participants, and MUST be registered by October 26th so that there are enough kits.
WHEN:  October 30th and November 6th, 6:30PM-8:00PM
WHERE:  Valley Falls Free Library
COST:  $15, payable at the first class
INSTRUCTOR:  Marcia Geren

Felted Hand Soap: Learn how to make felted hand soap, great for showering, exfoliate as you cleanse! Also saves your soap, when the soap is gone you have a  scrubby of left over felted wool. Great stocking stuffer. This class is suitable for all age groups. You must register by October 21st so that there are enough supplies.

WHEN:  October 27th, 6:30PM-7:30PM
WHERE:  Valley Falls Community Center
COST:  $10 payable when you register
INSTRUCTOR:  Debbie Bevevino


Wool Dog Leash: Use a rope making machine to make a custom dog leash. This class is suitable for all age groups! You must register by October 30th so that there are enough supplies.

WHEN:  November 3rd, 6:30PM-7:30PM
WHERE:  Valley Falls Free Library
COST:  $15  payable when you register
INSTRUCTOR:  Debbie Bevevino

Scented All Natural Dryer Balls: No more dryer sheets! These balls cut down on drying time as well as static cling and kids like to play with them too! We’ll be making a set you can give or gift to yourself. This class is suitable for all age groups. You must register by November 1st so that there are enough supplies.

WHEN:  November 10th, 6:30PM-7:30PM
WHERE: Valley Falls Free Library
COST:  $28 payable when you register
INSTRUCTOR:  Debbie Bevevino

Knitted Cable Headband:   Please bring to class: size US 8 (5.0 mm) knitting needles/ yarn needle/ cable needle/ 1 skein of worsted weight yarn.

Increase your knitting skills on this quick project, and leave with a great stocking stuffer or a gift for yourself! Anyone with basic knitting skills is invited to participate. You must register by November 4th or the class will be cancelled. 

WHEN:  November 17th, 6:30PM-8:00PM
WHERE:  Valley Falls Free Library
COST:  $4 payable at the class
INSTRUCTOR:  Debbie Bevevino



Wentorf Grant New Acquisitions

Thanks to the Wentorf Foundation, we have new Audiobooks and Large Print books on our shelves! Come check them out!!

The Hobo Convention

From the 1880’s to the 1940’s, hobos were a part of American life, with up to 250,000 travelers on the road at one time. Most saw them as honest, honorable people caught in extraordinary times. All would agree, however, that the railroads crisscrossing this country were the lifeblood of every hobo.  Hobo signs were their secret language: they gave direction and advice to the savvy traveler, including where to find food, water, a place to sleep and possibly work. Based on these signs, hobos could tell how they would be received by a home owner, the police, a community or even a dog. The meanings of hobo signs reflect all sides of transient life, from the honorable to the unsavory.  These signs also tell the story of what it took to survive as a hobo* (GoUpstate.com, The Hobo Quilt Dedication). As they traveled, they often sojourned in camps, called jungles. There was just such a jungle outside Valley Falls in the 1930’s. The Library invites you and your child to become a member of the hobo subculture for a day and learn about this important part of American history.

Registration for the Convention on October 14th is required, and space is limited to 20 children, so register early!! Children must be accompanied by an adult. You can pick up your registration form at the library. The fee is $5.00/child, or $7.00/family. Registrations must be received by 10/3/17. 

Registration forms can be picked up at the library, or downloaded here:  HoboConvention2017

For more information, contact Janet Weber at jweber6131@aol.com or call 753-6131.